In a report released Thursday, Guo Mingyu, a prominent Apple analyst, predicted that Apple could remove the Lightning connector from its high-edition iPhone models in 2021, meaning they will need wireless charging. The removal of the Lightning connector, along with other unusual updates, will boost shipments and average selling prices for high-end iPhone models, Mr. Guo wrote. Without the connector, he said, the high-edition iPhone would provide a “full wireless experience.”
For years, there has been speculation that Apple plans to remove the Lightning connector. Back in 2017, Mr. Guo predicted that Apple would abandon the connector stoking the connector and switch to a USB-C connector, which is widely used in the industry.
However, Apple continues to use the Lightning port in the latest iPhone. The company’s new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro MAX, released in September, all come with a Lightning port.
Apple has now started using USB-C connectors in some products. The new iPhone supports Apple’s fast charger, which promises to charge up to 50 percent in 30 minutes. The charger uses a USB-C port and requires iPhone users to purchase specific cables from lightning connectors to USB-C ports.